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Wilsonian Apartment Hotel (Seattle)

The Wilsonian Apartment Hotel, located in Seattle's University District on the northeast corner of University Way NE and NE 47th Street, opened for business on November 26, 1923. It was the crowning a...

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Windermere Cup (Seattle)

The Windermere Cup is an international rowing regatta held in Seattle on the first Saturday in May to coincide with the traditional opening day of boating season. The competition is the brainchild of ...

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Wine Education in Washington

Growing grapes (viticulture) -- and making wine from them (enology) -- are each a fine blend of both art and science. Yet they are activities that for most of mankind’s history has been self-tau...

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Wine in Washington

Along with apples, wine grapes were the first cultivated fruits in the Pacific Northwest. Initially planted here in 1827, both apples and grapes were cherished by pioneering settlers, but whereas...

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Wineberry, Jesse Calvin (b. 1955)

Jesse Wineberry served five terms in the Washington State House of Representatives from 1985 to 1995. He was first elected at age 29 while still attending law school. He later became the state's first...

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Winlock -- Thumbnail History

Winlock is a small town in Lewis County with a population in 2010 of 1,339. The town lies 45 miles south of Olympia and a few miles west of the I-5 corridor. It was originally called Grand Prairie; th...

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Winter Holidays in Seattle, Reminiscences, 1920-1929

This People's History consists of excerpts of interviews recorded in 1984 about childhood experiences of Seattle-area winter holidays in the 1920s. They are taken from oral histories in the collection...

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Winter Olympics Medalists from Washington

The Winter Olympic Games, first staged in 1924 at Chamonix, France, have featured a handful of athletes born or raised in Washington. Of them, only five have earned gold medals and one of them -- Vic ...

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Winthrop -- Thumbnail History

Winthrop, Okanogan County, on the North Cascades Highway, is one of the most historic and scenic towns in North Central Washington. It stands at the confluence of the Methow River with its tributary, ...

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Winthrop Hotel (Tacoma)

For a time in the middle of the twentieth century the Winthrop Hotel was the grande dame of downtown Tacoma. In 1922 a group of Tacoma citizens formed an organization to build a fine hotel to attract ...

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Wish You Were Here: Historic Postcards and Ephemera from around Washington

Take a vacation back to Washington as it was. The trip starts east of the mountains in Spokane ... Written and curated by Alan J. Stein; Produced by Alyssa Burrows. Postcards courtesy Alan J. Stein Co...

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Wojahn, R. Lorraine Kendall (1920-2012)

Describing herself as a moderate Democrat, a social liberal, and a practical feminist, R. Lorraine Wojahn of Tacoma was a powerful Washington state legislator for 32 years. She served in the House of ...

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Wolf, Fred L. (1877-1957)

No one better deserves the title "leading citizen" than newspaperman Fred L. Wolf (1877-1957) of Newport, county seat of Pend Oreille County. From the time of his purchase of the Newport Miner in 190...

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Wolf, Hazel (1898-2000)

Hazel Wolf was an environmental and social activist whose causes ranged from the rights of workers, women, and minorities to the protection of wilderness, wetlands, and wildlife. She was still a young...

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Wolf, Hazel (1898-2000) on Life at Firland Sanitorium

Seattle activist Hazel Wolf, who embraced a wide variety of social, political, and environmental causes during her 101 years, spent nine months as a patient at Firland Sanitorium for the treatment of ...

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Wolff, Tobias (b. 1945)

Tobias Wolff is a writer and novelist best known for his memoir This Boy's Life, which tells the story of Wolff's adolescence in 1950s Washington State. Thirty years after its 1989 publication, The&nb...

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Woman Suffrage Campaign -- Snohomish County (1909-1910)

Grassroots organizing was critical to the 1910 campaign for Washington women's suffrage and Snohomish County played an important part in the event. Most prominent was journalist Missouri Hanna (1856-1...

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Woman Suffrage Crusade, 1848-1920

Washington women won the vote in 1883, then lost it in 1888. They reclaimed the right to vote in 1910, breaking a 14-year gridlock in the national crusade for woman suffrage and making Washington stat...

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Woman's Building/Cunningham Hall, University of Washington

In 1909, the Woman's Building on the University of Washington campus opened as part of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition to showcase women's art and to provide hospitality to visiting women. It serv...

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Woman's Century Club

In 1891, a group of prominent Seattle women founded the Woman's Century Club, a club designed for the cultural and intellectual development of its members and for social service. The club's name refer...

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Woman's Christian Temperance Union, Western Washington

The main purpose of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) was to achieve prohibition of alcoholic beverages by law. The organization, which is still in existence, came into being in 1873 and 1...

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Women Airforce Service Pilots from Washington

During World War II, women aviators took on flying roles for the U.S. Army Air Force. As civilian pilots, they ferried aircraft, towed targets for aerial and ground antiaircraft fire, and flight-teste...

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Women of Northwest Rock: The First 50 Years (1957-2007)

The realm of rock 'n' roll (despite its many liberating attributes) is also a notoriously sexist one -- a place where males have always vastly outnumbered females as active players and where an exclus...

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Women Painters of Washington

Women Painters of Washington (WPW) began as one of the earliest arts organizations in this region and remains among the very few statewide women's arts associations in the country. The group formed in...

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